Fr. Herman Abcede, Provincial Superior of St. Matthew Province, convoked the 2nd Provincial Chapter on April 15, 2018, six months before the event scheduled on October 16-20, 2018 at the Oasis of Prayer Rogate Spirituality Center in Silang, Cavite. The theme of the Chapter, “Our Charismatic Identity in the Challenges of St. Matthew Province”, is greatly inspired by the reflections and indications of the XII General Chapter of the Congregation.
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Maumere, Indonesia Formation Institute of St. Hannibal (FISH) Closing Ceremony
The Formation Institute of St. Hannibal (FISH) concluded the 10-month program for the School Year of 2017/2018 with the graduation ceremony held on April 6 at the Nazareth Retreat House of the Diocese of Maumere. For the School Year that just ended, 71 aspirants and 42 postulants from 20 Religious Congregations received their certificates of completion.
I confratelli di Maumere, Indonesia, inviano le ultime foto della costruzione del nuovo Seminario a Ribang, sempre a Maumere. La costruzione è nella sua fase finale. Si prevede che sarà completato nel luglio 2018, in tempo per l'apertura del nuovo anno scolastico in agosto. Il Superiore Generale, p. Bruno Rampazzo, è in programma la sua visita ufficiale in Indonesia ad agosto, anche per l'inaugurazione del nuovo edificio che ospiterà più di 50 seminaristi.
From the 3rd until the 5th of April, 2018, Fr. Herman Abcede, the Provincial Superior, did his Canonical Visit to the St. Hannibal Mary Discernment Center in Mina, Iloilo, during which he spent time in dialogue with the community and each of its religious. Being a contemplative community, the RogaMina gave the visit a distinctive prayerful character. Bro. Christian Allan De Sagun, the Provincial Secretary and Archivist, documented the fraternal encounter, while taking time as well to inspect the documents in the Archives of the Religious House. The Provincial Treasurer, Bro.
Dearest Confreres, On March 19, 2018, the Feast of St. Joseph, the Model of Interior Life, the Sideia Mission Center, PNG, released the first issue of Sailau for this year. Please continue to pray for our mission as we prepare for the upcoming Parish Fiesta on May 27 and in preparation for the special issue of Sailau in view of this celebration. May everything we do be always for the greatest consolation of the Heart of Jesus. God bless us all...
On March 13-16, 2018, Fr. Herman Abcede, the Provincial Superior, did his Canonical Visit to the Quasi Parish of the Holy Family in Talobatib, Labo, Camarines Norte. Including in his itinerary, a visit on foot to its farthest chapel, he made sure to spend time in dialogue with the religious community, together and individually. He also had an opportunity to meet the Parish and Barangay Pastoral and Finance Councils. Bro.
- On March 5, 2018, the new leaders of St. Anthony's Boarding for Boys had their induction at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish. The care of the boarding boys in the Mission Station is under supervision of the Rogationists, while the care of the boarding girls are under the supervision of the Salesian Sisters.
- St. Mary’s Boarding for Girls welcomed 57 female students from Grade 3 to Grade 8 (12 Grade 8, 10 Grade 7, 11 Grade 6, 7 Grade 5, 7 Grade 4 and 10 Grade 3 students.
The tribute commenced early in the morning of March 10, 2018 with a simple prayerful rite, followed shortly by a motorcade from the site where the tragic death of the young priest happened – where now stands St. Hannibal Mary Di Francia’s statue, to the St. Francis Xavier Parish, where he spent the last moments of his priestly and missionary life. The celebration of the Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Niptale Frogosa. In the afternoon, there was a sharing of testimonies about Fr. Diego delivered by those who encountered him first hand.
The St. Matthew Province organized a memorial day tribute to Fr. Diego Buscio on the 40th anniversary of his death, on March 10, 2018 in the Rogationist Parish in Parang, Bagac Bataan. This is one of the initiatives of the Family of the Rogate in the celebration of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, presenting Fr. Diego as exemplar of missionary zeal and religious consecration.
In an inspiring fraternal spirit, Fr. Herman Abcede, the Provincial Superior, did his Canonical Visit to the Fr. Hannibal Formation Center and the Rogationist Seminary College – Parañaque on March 5-8, 2018. In this visit, Fr. Abcede prioritized encounters with the religious community, as a group and even individually. He also had the chance to talk to the seminarians and the staff of the Formation House and the Seminary College. He met the members of the Union of Prayer for Vocations as well. Bro.